Passiflora ligularis (PROSEA)

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Passiflora ligularis Juss.

Family: Passifloraceae

Vernacular names

  • Sweet granadilla (En)
  • Grenadilla douce (Fr).


Native in tropical America, where it is also cultivated. Elsewhere occasionally cultivated, e.g. in Hawaii, New Zealand and New Guinea.


The pulp of the fruits is eaten fresh or made into drinks and ice-creams.


  • Vigorous woody climber with entire leaves and greenish-white flowers.
  • Fruit an ovoid berry, 7-8 cm in diameter, orange-brown, hard-shelled; pulp yellowish-orange, with black flat pitted seeds.

In mountainous regions, at 900-2700 m altitude in the tropics or in the subtropics at lower altitudes. Propagation by seed and by cuttings.

Selected sources

  • Mansfeld, R. & Schultze Motel, J., 1986. Verzeichnis landwirtschaftlicher und gärtnerischer Kuturpflanzen. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 1998 pp.
  • Martin, F.W. & Nakasone, H.Y., 1970. The edible species of Passiflora. Economic Botany 24: 333-343.
  • Morton, J.F., 1987. Fruits of warm climates. Creative Resource Systems Inc., Winterville, N.C., USA. 503 pp.
  • Purseglove, J.W., 1975. Tropical Crops. Dicotyledons 1 & 2. Longmans Green & Co., London. 719 pp.
  • van Steenis, C.G.G.J. et al. (Editors), 1950-. Flora Malesiana. Series 1. Vol. 1, 4-10. Centre for Research and Development in Biology, Bogor, Indonesia, and Rijksherbarium, Leiden, the Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen